lb-ft @ 4750 rpm
hp @ 5500 rpm
lbs per hp
120.5 hp per liter
(from Alpina Press
Release) BMW ALPINA B5 S - talented allrounder...
Torque, power, sporting
character, elegant appearance, optimal functionality, excellent
comfort and everyday driveability - these are just some of the
criteria in which the BMW ALPINA B5 S Saloon had to excell in. And
excell it does, phenomenally so in terms of performance and
The B5 S powertrain,
based on a 4.4 l V8, is truly unique. The charging system of this
engine differs from conventional solutions: it is neither a
turbocharger nor a compressor, instead boost comes from a so-called
'radial compressor' which one may visualise as a combination of
A quick glance at the power / torque curve suggest what one can
expect from the complex technology that fills the BMW ALPINA B5 S'
engine bay. At a humble 2500rpm the engine already delivers 200hp.
At 5500rpm a peak of 530hp (390kW) is available. This provides a
very broad power band across which the B5 S offers superior
performance, its 725Nm of torque providing turbine like
ALPINA have worked closely with ZF to develop a new sports automatic
transmission with ALPINA SWITCH-TRONIC. This perfectly augments the
car's character, letting you select gears manually or leaving the
automatic to change gears almost imperceptibly. In manual-mode,
shift durations and reacton times have been reduced by nearly half
over previous generations, allowing for a dynamic, involved and
sporty driving experience akin to a double clutch gearbox.
Especially sporty drivers will benefit from an automatic matching of
rpm's on downshifts, eliminating engine drag and reducing load
Chassis & Suspension
The Electronic Damper
Control (EDC), developed in co-operation with SACHS Race
Engineering, comes as standard on the B5 S. By means of varying
compression and re-bound damper settings, the B5 S profits from
sporty handling without compromising on comfort. Soft dampening in
the standard setting provides a subtle ride, which automatically
tightens when lateral forces increase. Alternatively one can
manually select firmer damper settings in advance, using the EDC
button located on the centre console. Thanks in no small part to the
standard 20” wheels (Saloon), truly light-footed and neutral
handling has been achieved with excellent turn-in and minimal
functional. A small rear spoiler lip and front spoiler stretch the
proportions of the B5 S Saloon, adding elegance and presence. In
turn, the B5 S Touring has received a small rear roof spoiler lip.
Intensive development work and many hours spent fine tuning the
aerodynamics in the wind tunnel are a prerequisite for excellent
handling characteristics and maximum safety, especially at high
speeds, by significantly reduce lift both at the front and rear.
The interior welcomes you in accustomed fashion with its comfortable
materials as well as bold, uncluttered lines and forms. Traditional
ALPINA luxury wood provides a warm ambience, as does the
hand-crafted leather interior with its typical ALPINA design cues.